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Curator’s Corner – May 2017

with BMI Curator Amy Tsilemanis


Explore and enjoy at the BMI in May.

Friday May 5th

Book a table with your friends and join us for a fun night of historical Ballarat trivia with our fabulous photo collection, hosted by the one and only Max Harris. The bar will be open and prizes will be won with thanks to our sponsors Camera House, Harvey Photography, Andrew Thomas photography and more! 7pm, $10 in the Minerva Space.

Tickets available in the library.

To get you in the mood, do you know where this popular store (right) was in Ballarat? First response in to Rosemary will win a print from the collection.

Conder's building with Icecream signage

May 20-28th

Don’t miss our Beers through the Years exhibition and events in partnership with City of Ballarat and Good Beer Week.

Please note the exhibition will be available for viewing Sunday 21st to Friday 26th, by appointment. Contact Amy on ballaratmi@gmail.com to organise a visit. $5 entry.

Beers Through the Years Logo Red

May 27th & 28th

Enjoy all that’s on offer as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend, with this year’s theme of ‘Mysteries’. In the lending library we will host talks about the BMI at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm, along with mystery photographs on display from the Max Harris Collection, and a story writing competition in collaboration with Playing in the Attic and Minerva’s Books.

In the Heritage Reading Room there will be themed books and activities to explore. The FedUni Arts Academy will delight us with performance works inspired by the BMI at 10am & 12pm. FedUni design students will display board games in the Williamson Foyer. Find the full Heritage Weekend program here.

Ballarat Heritage Weekend poster

Here’s how Angela Campbell, FedUni performing arts lecturer (pictured left with Amy), describes the Arts Academy’s involvement:

“While heritage is often thought of in terms of dusty old objects or impressive built environments, we at the Arts Academy bring heritage alive in the present through contemporary performance and art work. We ask our students: “how are you making heritage, right now?”Arts Academy first year actors have been presenting public performances for Heritage Weekend across Ballarat’s glorious historic streetscapes and heritage buildings since 2013.

The acting students have staged group-devised, site-specific performances, playing to both local audiences and visitors during Heritage Weekend, an event that attracts up to 16,000 people each year. Our Visual Communications students have designed posters and constructed ‘wayfinding’ strategies for audiences to follow, while our Visual Arts students have created Digital Art responses to historical and imagined stories, and to archives and images from Ballarat’s colourful past.”